At the tender age of 39, back in 2002, I was sitting on a campsite in the Forest of Fontainebleau on a bouldering trip wondering what challenge I could undertake for my 40th birthday. I had always been a keen cyclist in my youth and had also run five marathons as a university student (best time 3:09, Derby Ramathon circa 1984) so for some reason I decided I wanted to do a triathlon. The only trouble was, I was (and still am) an awful swimmer. I can’t remember how I’d first heard of triathlon or why it piqued my interest, but nevertheless I decided to give triathlon a try, and have never looked back.

My first triathlon was the prestigious Windsor Triathlon on the 15th June, 2003. I still remember that feeling of utter bewilderment and of being completely out of my comfort zone as I jumped into the River Thames clad in neoprene rubber at 6:30 in the morning. I got over the panic of my first openwater swim and successfully finished in 1:41:39. Incredibly, I was 10th in my age group, not bad for my first go. In fact it took 11 seasons of trying to beat that result by finishing 6th at the Henley Half in 2013. It didn’t matter, I was utterly hooked, and still am.

This blog began on 17th December 2005 at the end of my third season of triathlon, and I’ve been documenting my tri life ever since. On here you’ll find race reports, tri tips, soul searching, stories, a few recipes even. I write this mostly for myself, but thank you to those who have read my stuff and at times even been moved to comment. After all that’s what blogging is all about.

  • 5 x Ironman

  • 18 x Half Ironman

  • 15 x Olympic Distance

  • 9 x Sprint Distance

  • 1 x Duathlon (I was nearly sick – never again!)


Disclaimer and Ethical Review Policy

I have never claimed to be anything other than barely competent at triathlon, and despite 11 years of experience I have no coaching, nutrition or medical training. Everything that I say on my blog is borne from my own personal experience and should not be taken as gospel, or even apply to you at all.

Any kit reviewed on this blog has either been paid for by myself in full, or if loaned or donated for review purposes it will be clearly identified as such and I will retain full editorial independence of any opinions published. If you would like me to review kit, please contact me via email: john@creativeblogs.net